Together we can deliver our exciting vision for Dover and Deal
When I was first elected back in 2010, my top priority was a fairer share for
our community. A fairer share of investment from central government. A fairer
share of healthcare. And a fairer share of infrastructure spending to speed the
renewal of our area.
Since then, we've come a long way together. The plans to sell our Port off to
the French or whoever have been fought off. Now there's a community benefit fund
from the Port's profits. This will help boost regeneration and grassroots
community projects in Dover. Particularly when the amount contributed by the
Port is at an acceptable level.
There is also an exciting vision for the Western Docks Revival. After much
campaigning to the Department for Transport and Southeastern, a fast train now
sweeps not just into Dover, but Deal, Walmer and Martin Mill every hour of every
We're on the cusp of a really exciting future in our community. The new Dover
Hospital is just about to open. I visited the hospital site last week and it's
fantastic. The state of the art health facility that our community has needed
for so long. It's a far cry from the old Buckland hospital which had been
decimated for a decade with wards and local health services axed one by one.
It's a similar story with Burlington House. This eyesore has plagued Dover's
skyline for too long. The people of Dover never thought we'd be rid of it. Now
we're seeing real progress. I've worked tirelessly with the local Council and
the Government to get the go-ahead for the demolition. The Compulsory Purchase
Order for the site has been approved and very soon the demolition crew will be
moving in. Knocking down Burlington House will fire the starting gun for the
renewal of Dover town centre.
We've done a lot, but we can't rest on our laurels. I'm keen to build on these
successes and continue to fight to make sure our community gets the share of
wealth and resources it needs and deserves. The new Dover Hospital's a great
start. Yet I want to see a five star healthcare in our community. The new Dover
hospital will be a fantastic base for more local healthcare services. It will
save long journeys to hospitals far away. Meanwhile care and recovery suites
would allow people to recover close to home. Making this happen is a key
priority for me during this Parliament.
Alongside the Western Docks Revival, we need to press the port to bring forward
plans for the development of the area around the cruise terminal. Once
Burlington House is down, I will work closely with council and central
Government to ensure we carry through the town centre renewal plans. I will be
pressing the port to work jointly with the council for a development that joins
the town and the docks.
The Dover town centre project is a once in a generation opportunity. Getting it
right is key to making Dover a Jewel in the Crown of the nation again.